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  • Cars of SEMA 2015 – Friday Wrap Up

    And as quick as that, another SEMA show is over. All the show cars that were the least bit drivable got fired up and took a lap of the strip, headed from the Convention Center to the SEMA Ignited public after party down the street.It was another great show and thanks to everyone who stopped into our booth to visit and see our newest products. It will take days, maybe weeks, to wrap our heads around all the neat new ideas and trends we saw at the show, but when we do we'll post them here for you. For now, here are some of the cars that jumped out at us even after 2 full days of looking at amazing cars.

    Just to prove that guys will hot rod anything, here is a souped up Allis-Chalmers Model B tractor. They started making these in the late 1930s and kept making them for a while, so no telling exactly what this is. It goes to show you that nearly the same principles can be applied to any wheeled vehicle, just make them lower and wider and they will look meaner even if they aren't really any faster. The flat head 4 must sound great as it spits fire out of the short tube exhausts.

    SEMA 2015 1938 Allis Chalmers Model B

    This may seem like a strange jump, from tractor to Porsche, but one of the first things the German car maker put their name on was a tractor. These air-cooled 911s, in candy colors, all in a row, look like what all of us adult children dream of seeing when we look under the tree at Christmas.

    SEMA 2015 Porsche 911

    If you instead dream of playing in a pile of dirt,maybe you'd prefer this Jeep Chief concept. Look close and you can see how much 4 door Wrangler is still there. But the retro front end look, and the custom hard top make it look like a completely different vehicle. Jeep sure can turn out some sweet concepts, now lets see if they can put some more interesting trucks in the showrooms.

    SEMA 2015 Jeep Chief Concept

    Wagons have a great big open space to practice custom paint on, even compacts like this Mercury Comet. The asymmetrical, flaked and striped, super glossy green, over a suede black body really pops. As you can see there is a custom stitched interior in matching colors too, and it continues all the way to the back cargo hold. SEMA 2015 1963 Mercury Comet Wagon

    It is hard to imagine this 1968 Mustang shares most of its chassis with the Comet wagon above, which never had any performance goals at all. This tricked out pro-touring/road race/track day fastback has plenty of scoops and air dams to keep the air flowing where it needs to to cool the brakes and rear end, as well as keep the car stuck tot eh pavement. It is kind of akin to the Elenore "Gone in 60 Seconds" Mustang, only more purposeful looking.

    SEMA 2015 1968 Ford Mustang

    We'll also have some more posts later detailing the cars and builders who won this year's Eastwood Hands-on Awards. For now here is a recap of some of the standouts that went on to the Customer Choice category.

    SEMA 2015 1960 Oldsmobile 88

    SEMA 2015 1940 Mercury 4


    SEMA 2015 1953 Ford COE Truck 1

    SEMA 2015 1952 Chevy Gene Winfield Desert Sunset 3

    SEMA 2015 1927 Ford T-bucket

    SEMA 2015 1949 Cadillac

    SEMA 2015 1950 Metro Ice Cream Truck 1

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  • How to pick the right Pinstriping Brush

    Rick Harris is one of the best pinstripers working today. He can production stripe factory cars, He’s striped custom electric guitars for Gibson, he’s hand lettered and striped NASCAR race cars, and more. Over 2 years in the Gibson factory he striped over 1000 custom Les Paul guitars. Back in the 90s when the American car companies had a big problem with delaminating paint, he was one of the guys who tasked with repainting the factory pinstripes perfectly. He came in to the studio and did a live how-to demo with Kevin.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • The Basics to Pinstriping Paints

    Rick Harris is one of the best pinstripers working today. He can production stripe factory cars, He’s striped custom electric guitars for Gibson, he’s hand lettered and striped NASCAR race cars, and more. Over 2 years in the Gibson factory he striped over 1000 custom Les Paul guitars. Back in the 90s when the American car companies had a big problem with delaminating paint, he was one of the guys who redoing the warranty work. These pictures are mostly taken from a live stream event he did with Kevin Tetz for the Eastwood YouTube channel.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Decorate your lid! Custom Painted Motorcycle Helmet

    Recently the trend for fully customized motorcycle helmets has picked up again and we've even begun to see custom helmet "shows" where artists, owners, and painters can show off their helmet. We decided to brew up our own custom helmet using a vintage helmet and show the process along the way. Mike L. is our resident paint tech guy and he did the work to transform this helmet.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Candy Coat Paint FAQ

    What exactly is candy paint? Candy paint, or sometimes Kandy paint, is a clear paint with translucent pigments in it. It is typically applied over a metallic base coat and allows the metal flakes to be seen through the tinted candy color layer. One of the trickiest things about candy colors is that the thicker the paint is put on the darker the color will get, so if you are all inconsistent with the application the color can appear streaked, or spotted.

    How much candy paint do I need for one car? Typically 1 gallon of candy paint and 1 gallon of metallic base coat are enough for the average size car. If you are painting the engine compartment, trunk and door jambs you may need to order more paint. A coat of non-candy tinted clear should be applied as well.

    What's the difference between candy paint and regular paints? Regular paints for the most part are opaque, meaning you can’t see through them, whereas candy paints are translucent. Regular paints get their color with solids in a solvent base. Candy colors have a clear base with just a little colored tint in it; they allow the base coat color or metalflake they are applied over to still be seen.

    What's the best ratio for mixing Candy paint colors? Eastwood Candeez should be mixed 4 part Candeez paint to 1 part 21854Z activator.

    How long does it take Candy paints to dry? Eastwood Candeez can be recoated after a 15-20 minute flash dry. If more than 18 hours have passed, paint should be sanded with 800 grit to promote adhesion before applying another coat, or the final clear is sprayed.

    What are some good custom color ideas when using Candy paint? Candy paints open the doors to all sorts of advanced custom finishes: Ghost flames, Chameleon color changing finishes, Fades, etc. Even if you aren’t looking to get tricky, candy red, green, or blue over a metallic silver base will give you the kind of mile deep look that is the difference between a street car and a show car.

    How much does it cost to Candy paint a car? Candy paint jobs are more expensive because they are more difficult to do. There are typically more coats of paint to be sprayed, and more products to buy. Candy paint cannot be applied in a single stage. There is always at least a base coat over the primer, then the candy and a clear coat over that. Typical costs are about $400 for base and candy paint and activators, plus $100-150 for your clear coat and activator, if you are doing it yourself. To have a professional do it you can pay from $2500 up to $10,000 depending on how complicated the paint job is.

    What's the best spray gun to use when applying Candy paint? To apply Eastwood Candeez use a HVLP gun with a 1.2-1.4mm tip, or a conventional gun with a 1.4-1.6mm tip. More important that what gun you use however is having it set up correctly to get a consistent spay pattern. Then it all comes down to keeping an even distance and speed as you spray so as not to end up with streaks or spots where the tint is darker.

    How many coats of Candy paint provide the best results? Once you have the base coat apply at least 5 thin coats of candy color, more if you want a darker, less translucent look. Then apply a final clear coat over that.

    Which primer should I use for Candy paints? With Eastwood Candeez the preferred primer is the 2k Urethane for best intercoat adhesion. The base coat goes between the candy and the primer so color is not much of a concern.

    What's the best way to clean and maintain candy paint? Candy paint in the past has not been stable if left under the UV rays of the sun for too long. Modern clear coats are much more UV resistant, but candy tints can still fade with time and UV exposure more than other non-candy paints. If you want the special color and look of it to last a long time, it is still best to park it indoors, or cover the car when it is in the sun. No other special steps need to be taken though, you can wash and wax it the same as you would any other modern base coat/clear coat paint job.

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